Why parent involvement is vital for teenage drivers

Information for parents

The BRAKE Driver Awareness Program* is a school-based course for senior high school students. This six-part program covers the essential aspects of road safety, emphasizing the risks, responsibilities, and rewards that come with independent road use.

BRAKE equips teenagers with the knowledge and attitudes necessary to become a safer driver or passenger.

We believe that you have a pivotal role in your child’s journey to becoming a conscientious driver.

Engaging in open discussions about road safety, sharing experiences, and modeling positive driving habits can profoundly impact their approach to driving.

We ask you to encourage and support your teenager’s participation in a BRAKE program in your high school.

* This initiative is supported by funding from the Queensland Government’s Community Road Safety Grants scheme.

Five IMPORTANT tips for parents

Excitement and concern

As your child approaches the age of obtaining their driver’s license, it’s natural to feel a mix of excitement and concern.

The statistics are sobering – young drivers, particularly those aged 17 to 24, face higher risks on the roads due to factors like inexperience and brain development.

This is where the BRAKE Program comes in. It equips young drivers with essential skills and knowledge to navigate safely through our roads. But the responsibility doesn’t solely lie on their shoulders.

As parents and carers, your role is pivotal in shaping their attitudes towards road safety.

What can you do as a parent?

You may not realise it, but your child has been unconsciously shaping their views on road safety from watching you drive most of their life. It is important that you take an active role in their driving.

Here are five tips to help you when your child gets their learners license:

  • Encourage your child to practice their driving in all conditions whilst on their L-plates. When they get their provisional license, they will need to drive on their own in all conditions.
  • Whenever possible, involve your child in everyday driving tasks, such as running errands or trips to the store. These experiences will help them become more comfortable behind the wheel and accustomed to real-world driving scenarios.
  • Emphasise the importance of completing the required 100 hours of supervised driving during the learner’s phase. Falsifying driving logs may seem harmless, but it can significantly increase the risk of accidents due to lack of experience.
  • Encourage your P-plate child to use your car. Your car is likely newer, with more advanced safety features. Research suggests delaying your child getting their own car and instead allowing them to use your car after they get their Ps, decreases their chances of crashing within the first few years.
  • Engage your children in discussions about what they are learning from the BRAKE Driver Awareness Program.

The BRAKE Program, available to all Year 10 to 12 students in Queensland, addresses critical issues such as risk awareness, hazard recognition, and peer pressure – factors that significantly contribute to young drivers’ crash risk.

If you’re unsure whether your child’s school participates in the program, don’t hesitate to reach out and inquire. There are additional resources and information for parents below.

Please reach out to BRAKE if you need any further advice.

Remember that as parents, we play the most important role in keeping our teenagers safe behind the wheel.

Parent’s resources and information

Download the BRAKE Brochure

The BRAKE brochure will tell you more about the BRAKE Program and explain why many Queensland schools regard it as an essential course to teach their senior high school students.

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Support from Government and Educational Agencies

The following organisations have evaluated the BRAKE program design and methodologies. They have approved of the BRAKE Driver Awareness Course and support its rollout to schools throughout Queensland.